María José comes from Sesemil, an aldea in the mountains several miles above Copán along very rough roads. The family had to move to Sesesmil because of mother's work as a teacher in Malcote, and to take care of mother's father, who was ailing. Despite the distance and troubles like suffering the loss of two children, her father is involved in María’s education. This support helps her through some tough experiences. María José lives with her grandmother during the week to be closer to school. Everyone is working together to give this bright youngster a good start.